Staff Reporter

Filing of cases will be automated: A.P. Shah

ERODE: Computerisation of judiciary in the State will begin in six months, Chief Justice of the Madras High Court A. P. Shah said.

Addressing advocates at a function organised at the district court here on Monday, Justice Shah said computerisation would start at the taluk level and every taluk in the State would be networked.

The filing of cases would be automated and so would be the status of cases, so that litigants could know the case status.Issuance of certified copies of court orders would not take days but hours, he said.

Justice Shah, terming backlog of cases as a serious problem, regretted that there seemed to be no solution in sight.

There were `enormous delays' in disposal of cases, particularly in the lower judiciary, which suffered from poor infrastructure and shortage of judges.

As part of the efforts to solve the backlog of cases, infrastructure was also being added.

The executive, whose duty it was to ensure that judiciary had good infrastructure, had sanctioned Rs. 350 crore in phases for the purpose. The amount would be spent towards putting up new buildings among others, he said.

On the creation of new courts and increase of judges' strength, the Chief Justice said 200 new courts would be created, which was about 25 per cent of the existing strength.

Of the 200, 75 had been sanctioned. In addition to the courts, 50 new magistrate posts would be created.

This was because judges of the lower courts, who were supposed to have only between 1,000 and 1,500 files, were overloaded with nearly 5,000 files, he said.